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'Ghost forests' are invading the North Carolina coast | Live Science

'Ghost forests' are invading the North Carolina coast | Live Science

Live Science is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.Climate change has transformed enormous swaths of protected woodlands in North Carolina into lifeless "ghost forests," a new study finds.These ghost forests — marked by thousands of leafless, limbless trunks, stumps and toppled trees where healthy forests once stood — have taken over about 11% of the tree cover in North Carolina's Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge in the past three decades, the researchers found, resulting in tens of thousands of acres of dead...

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Astronomers see a ghostly 'radio jellyfish' rise from the dead in the southern sky

Astronomers see a ghostly 'radio jellyfish' rise from the dead in the southern sky

Live Science is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.Galaxy clusters are the largest structures in the universe bound together by . They can contain thousands of galaxies, enormous oceans of hot gas, invisible islands of and — sometimes — the glowing ghost of a jellyfish or two.In the galaxy cluster Abell 2877, located in the southern sky about 300 million from Earth, astronomers have discovered one such jellyfish. Visible only in a narrow band of radio light, the cosmic jelly is more than 1 million light-years wide and...

Mar 31
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Mysterious explosion over Western US was likely SpaceX rocket debris, experts say

Mysterious explosion over Western US was likely SpaceX rocket debris, experts say

Live Science is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.Skywatchers in the Pacific Northwest saw an unexpected display of pyrotechnics overhead on Thursday night (March 25).In, a slow-motion meteor shower appears to strafe overhead, with dozens of glowing orbs dragging fiery tails across the sky. In reality, it was likely the death spiral of a SpaceX rocket, experts said."The widely reported bright objects in the sky were the debris from a Falcon 9 rocket 2nd stage that did not successfully have a deorbit burn," the Seattle...

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The Gulf Stream is slowing to a 'tipping point' and could disappear

The Gulf Stream is slowing to a 'tipping point' and could disappear

Live Science is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.The — one of Earth's major climate-regulating ocean currents — is moving slower than it has in thousands of years, a new study suggests. Human-induced climate change is largely to blame.This "unprecedented" slowdown could impact weather patterns and sea levels on both sides of the Atlantic, the researchers found. And it only looks poised to worsen over the coming decades if continues unabated. Indeed, if persists at its current pace, the Gulf Stream could pass a...

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World's largest iceberg disintegrates into 'alphabet soup,' NASA photo shows

World's largest iceberg disintegrates into 'alphabet soup,' NASA photo shows

Live Science is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.The ocean north of has turned into an "alphabet soup" of broken icebergs, according to a new blog post on NASA's.In a satellite photo snapped on Feb. 11, 2021, the jagged outlines of 11 fractured icebergs swirl around a remote, penguin-filled island called South Georgia, located about 940 miles (1,500 kilometers) northeast of the Antarctic Peninsula.Each frozen chunk is a piece of the once-mighty iceberg A-68a, which held the title of for more than three years before a...

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Abandoned moonshine still linked to Al Capone uncovered in South Carolina woods

Abandoned moonshine still linked to Al Capone uncovered in South Carolina woods

Live Science is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.Archaeologists in South Carolina have uncovered the remnants of a 1920s-era still that may have been run by one of Al Capone's criminal associates.While digging in a wooded region known as "Hell Hole Swamp" (part of South Carolina's Francis Marion National Forest) outside Charlottesville, the researchers discovered a metal barrel, a green garden hose, cinder blocks and various pieces of scrap metal, according to South Carolina's.Despite their motley appearance, these...

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World's largest iceberg shatters into a dozen pieces

World's largest iceberg shatters into a dozen pieces

Live Science is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.A satellite images shows the disintegration of iceberg A68a(Image: © ESA)The has shattered into a dozen pieces, the U.S. National Ice Center (USNIC) reported on Sunday (Jan. 31), bringing the colossal object a few leaps closer to its total destruction. Thousands of local penguins have breathed a sigh of relief.The iceberg, named A-68a, broke off of northern Antarctica's Larsen C Ice Shelf on July 12, 2017, and has been steadily drifting north ever since. While the berg...

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World's smallest reptile fits on your fingertip

World's smallest reptile fits on your fingertip

Live Science is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.This Madagascar chameleon is the world's smallest reptile.(Image: © Frank Glaw)The world's smallest male reptile can fit right on your fingertip — if its massive genitals don't get in its way.Meet Brookesia nana, an extremely tiny species of from the rainforests of northern Madagascar. Researchers recently described one male and one female of the species in a study published Jan. 28 in the journal, and they were stunned by the male's particularly wee dimensions....

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Earth is about to lose its second moon, forever

Earth is about to lose its second moon, forever

TrendingSpace is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.(Image: © NASA/JPL-Caltech)Earth's second moon will make a close approach to the planet next week before drifting off into space, never to be seen again."What second moon," you ask? Astronomers call it — a small object that dropped into Earth's orbit about halfway between our planet and the moon in September 2020. Temporary satellites like these are known as minimoons, though calling it a moon is a bit deceptive in this case; in December 2020, NASA researchers learned...

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'Ghost forests' are invading the North Carolina coast

'Ghost forests' are invading the North Carolina coast

Live Science is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.Climate change has transformed enormous swaths of protected woodlands in North Carolina into lifeless "ghost forests," a new study finds.These ghost forests — marked by thousands of leafless, limbless trunks, stumps and toppled trees where healthy forests once stood — have taken over about 11% of the tree cover in North Carolina's Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge in the past three decades, the researchers found, resulting in tens of thousands of acres of dead...

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